11 Day Pilgrimage of Israel
Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, we will connect with our guide, who will lead us through customs. We’ll then board our comfortable Wi-Fi equipped motor coach and head to our hotel overlooking the Sea of Galilee to get settled, enjoy a delicious welcome dinner and relaxing night’s rest. After enjoying a delicious buffet breakfast we head for a visit to Caesarea Maritima on the Mediterranean Sea where Peter baptized the first Gentile, a Roman Centurion. Then on to Mt. Carmel, where Elijah prayed, and God defeated 450 prophets of Baal with fire from heaven, the Mount of Transfiguration and Magdala, the home of Mary Magdalene, from whom Jesus cast out seven demons. Then back to our hotel for dinner and overnight. After enjoying a beautiful sunrise, we’ll embark on a sailing adventure on the Sea of Galilee and visit the Jesus Boat Museum. Then on to Capernaum which served as a headquarters for Jesus’ ministry and the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount! If time permits, we will stop to have a St. Peter’s fish lunch (not included). We’ll then ascend to the majestic Golan Heights to visit Caesarea Philippi where Jesus traveled with his disciples. It was at this ancient city where the pagan god Pan was worshiped and where Peter made his declaration about Jesus “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God”. Then back to the Sea of Galilee for dinner and overnight.
Visit Ancient Tabgha
Our day begins on the shore of the Primacy of Peter where the resurrected Christ invited Peter and the disciples for breakfast. We’ll then visit the ancient site of Tabgha, where the multiplication of the fishes and loaves took place and Cana where Jesus performed his first miracle at a wedding reception (couples are invited to celebrate their marriage vows). Then on to Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth, where we’ll experience what it was like to live in a first century community and enjoy a special meal (included) like those eaten in Bible times.Our day begins with traveling south through the Jordan Valley to Beit She ‘an, to visit one of the best-preserved archaeological sites ever discovered in Israel. Then we continue to Nablus (Samaria) to visit Jacob’s Well at St. Photini Church where Jesus met the Samaritan woman. We then ascend to the majestic city of Jerusalem to check into our hotel located near the Old City and enjoy dinner. Our day begins with a Panoramic view of the Mount of Olives followed by a time of reflection in the Garden of Gethsemene where Jesus prayed and sweat drops of blood before his betrayal by Judas. We’ll follow the path where the Triumphal Entry took place marking our celebration of Palm Sunday. We then visit Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Shepherd’s Field and Chapel of the Holy Innocents, believed to be the burial place of infants killed by King Herod in his attempt to eliminate the newborn “King of the Jews”. We then return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.
Enjoy a Relaxing Spa on the Dead Sea
Our first stop is a visit to the Jordan River where John baptized Jesus and the Israelites crossed the Jordan following the Ark of the Covenant. We then head to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and Masada, the fortress built by King Herod. Then on to a relaxing Spa on the Dead Sea for a delicious buffet lunch (included) and take advantage of relaxing in an indoor heated salt pool, fresh water pool and jacuzzi and additional spa services like massages (not included). We then return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. Our day begins with a visit to the Western Wall and Temple Mount which once included the 35-acre area purchased by King David. On this site now stands the El- Aksa mosque and the Dome of the Rock (the third holiest shrine in all of Islam); then on to the Pool of Bethesda, St. Anne’s Church, the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) and the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the most visited historic site in all Israel.
See Where the Disciples’ Walked with Jesus
Our day begins with a visit to Emmaus where the disciples’ hearts burned within them as they walked with Jesus and recognized him in the breaking of bread. We continue to Kiryat Ye’arim, where the Ark of the Covenant from the time of Samuel rested until David brought it to Jerusalem. Then on to the House of Caiaphas where Jesus spent the night in a dungeon before his crucifixion. We’ll proceed to Shrine of the Book, home of the Great Isaiah Scroll and Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum that uses state-of-the-art exhibits to explore the history of the Holocaust. We’ll then gather for our farewell dinner celebration.